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Old 04-21-2018, 04:03 AM
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We already have quite a few plugs ready and will soon start the build of the fiberglass moulds, I will soon show them all sprayed with some surface primer, but today all I can show are some pics of our two part fiberglass hard top, hopefully of the liking of most here, following our no nonsense, clean lines and surfaces approach it will be a quite minimalistic fluid easy on the eyes part ......





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Speedster in the background!
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This is where we are now, aplying surface primers to our plugs and almost having finished with plug´s carpentry jobs, we still have some small ones to build but we are at it, enjoy viewing what is being done across the pond ( just at the other side of Miami )
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The cap plug looks great. I can only imagine how many man hours have been involved make it to this point. I also love the pictures with the hot cars!! Rag’s
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Just stumbled on this thread. What a joy to read. Love the lines and curves! Congrats on your commitment and talents!! Canarian, I didn't see the transom deadrise in the thread. Is it 24 degrees? I really like the express model...
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Hi BigWhit, thank you for your kind words, I try to make the thread "light" without too many detailed comments in order for it to be a light read and enjoyable ( if suceeded or not time will tell), our hull has 20.5 degrees at the transom, of course much more in the bow .......
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This is where we are now, aplying surface primers to our plugs and almost having finished with plug´s carpentry jobs, we still have some small ones to build but we are at it, enjoy viewing what is being done across the pond ( just at the other side of Miami )
It looks like you are making excellent progress on your plugs! Before you’re final prep before building a mold you may want to consider adding larger radii to the corners in your splash well and in your gutters. This will help alleviate the likelihood of cracking in corners and sticking on the gutters.
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possibly the most engineered CC in the world

really amazing craftsmanship

the finished product will be incredible I am sure
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Hi MIskier, it has now 10 mm of radiii and we agree with you that is too little, we will very likely increase it a bit, thank you for your observations .........
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The radiii of the cap plug have been enlarged form r=9.5 mm to r=12.7 mm and now it looks much better, in my next posting of pics the difference will become evident .......... back to work .......
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We are into the process of refining and perfecting the surfaces of our plugs, nothing fun and nothing nice to do in summer ´s high temps, but we are slowly getting there, and meanwhile we are trying to adress other issues that might lurk ahead in time, like for example the hard top supporting frames or pipes/tubes, we are going to make those in stainless steel, in its quality known as 316L, which among the attribute of a higher corrossion resistance, has the property of not producing brittle welds which ( I have been told) is something other stainless steel alloys are prone to, we will use a 73 mm ( or 2,87 inches) external diameter pipe with a wall thickness of 3 mm (0.118 inches), in the design of this part of our sled, we have tried to keep it to a minimum, to avoid unnecessary visual obstructions, and in spite of our very minimalistic approach and final design we believe our part will be rigid enough, considering how rigid will the "console cage" where it will be very solidly attached, but we feel a bit unsecure about our design, specially considering how mega strong does other builders build those pieces, this is what we have drawn, and our best idea so far .........




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The flowing lines sure look slick.

As I'm not an engineer I hesitate to offer input, but it seems the weak point is the lateral support and the joint in it. Maybe consider keeping that straight and putting a curved notch in the windshield there? I'd also think backing plates on all contact points to the console wouldn't be a bad idea.
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Not an engineer here either. But my top likes twist, as the back will move side to side under hash conditions. Something that you might think about, as I never would have before running mine hard off shore. Rag’s
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Hi Alreadythere, we plan on using as reinforcement for this area and also for the join between the main upright pipes and the attaching "discs" some "collars" consisting in some pieces of larger diameter tube welded outside the most solicited tubes joints.
Hi Rag, we are also afraid of our frame twisting, specially considering that the rear pipe will have no lateral support, the question being what is more acceptable a lightly twisting pipe frame or a frame that might look like a cage for a wild rhinoceros, which might be very solid, but very obtrusive of the field of view as well ... compromises compromises ... we hope that the relatively large diameter of the pipe we plan on using combined with a solid build will yield the expected results .........
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You might consider using a crossbar in the rear supports to also useable as handholds for the the going get rough. The original Rodman Sportfisher Pro roof was very problematic because of lack of stiffness when you add a solid roof.
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You might consider using a crossbar in the rear supports to also useable as handholds for the the going get rough. The original Rodman Sportfisher Pro roof was very problematic because of lack of stiffness when you add a solid roof.
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loving the look of this rig! been following for a long time but not commenting too much...can't wait until we see it in the water!
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What about some kind of rear supports? I'm sure you could come up with something attractive.

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Hi Cooper, we believe that the rear facing overhang of our hard top to be quite little, and we love a free from any obtrusions "command" zone, we also believe that the rear "legs" would not offer much of lateral support and in the legth direction we believe the pi`pe fram will have no chance to move, we will see ... thanks for your input as always .........
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